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university press. it's a collection of scholarly and journalistic articles about the taliban and the environment in southern afghanistan and western pakistan. , and it born as an attempt at new america by a diverse group of researchers to get at some of the diversity of the taliban itself at the time when the united states was puzzling over the rejury gent as a movement and a political force in afghanistan. as a military challenge, and really a challenge that had been neglected in the years after the 2001 defeat of the islamic member of the afghanistan. and which revived and presented itself as a grave d.a. lem that toment obama administration as it arrived in 2009. our effort to cowhat think tanks do. provide ground for it an complexity and granularity about this phenomena. recognizing that the sort of clicheed image of one eyed -- and his band of the devoted and attractable fan net tack was inadequate and falsifying of the problem. so the purpose was not prosecute a particular view of the taliban but just to start to document some sections of the diversity. and some aspect
world, four months after being shot by the taliban. she is pledging her life to helping others. the beautiful game looks ugly. nearly 700 football contest are investigated for match fixing. after five rendered years, richard iii is found buried in a car park. -- after 500 years. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also are around the globe. malala lost part of her skull when she was shot by the taliban, but she did not lose her passion for helping girls go to school. today she speaks on video for the first time since she was attacked four months ago, and promises to carry on working for others. she spoke shortly after having surgery to reconstruct her skull. >> her doctor says she has not shed a tear since she arrived. she has faced her ordeal with determination and calm. this is her, quietly on her way to surgery on saturday. 24 hours later, she was speaking. it is now clear that she has suffered no long-term brain injury or cognitive damage. >> they are like my mother and father. a mother and father are not with me, but i had wonderful doctors and nurse
continues to recover, today the taliban are the focus of talks in london between the leaders of pakistan and afghanistan. the goal is to create a more stable environment for when nato forces leave afghanistan in 2014. the mission is to get the taliban to negotiate peace, but what are the chances? >> 12 years into a war that has cost 440 british lives, the prime minister invited the leaders of both afghanistan and pakistan to talk about the threats facing them all. >> the united kingdom will continue to stand firmly behind both countries as they work together to bring peace and stability to the region. finally, the progress we have achieved today sends a very clear message to the taliban. now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful political process in afghanistan. >> as british troops prepared to withdraw from afghanistan and handoff to afghan forces, intense combat like this is rare now. the military believe they have done their job and that this insurgency, like all others, needs a political solution. >> the clock is ticking. we have until the end of 2014, maybe not as lo
world news america." >> malala speaks to the world four months after being shot by the taliban. she is pledging her life to helping others. the beautiful game looks ugly. nearly 700 football contest are investigated for match fixing. after five rendered years richard iii is found buried in a car park. -- after 500 years. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also are around the globe. malala lost part of her skull when she was shot by the taliban, but she did not lose her passion for helping girls go to school. today she speaks on video for the first time since she was attacked four months ago, and promises to carry on working for others. she spoke shortly after having surgery to reconstruct her skull. >> her doctor says she has not shed a tear since she arrived. she has faced her ordeal with determination and calm. this is her, quietly on her way to surgery on saturday. 24 hours later, she was speaking. it is now clear that she has suffered no long-term brain injury or cognitive damage. >> they are like my mother and father. a mother and father are not with me
-- today, your life is short but if you criticize the pashtuns, the taliban will come factory. i want asked abdul, the have protection if you say something that the taliban does not like? because we know karzai's brother was a big man in afghanistan and anytime someone criticized, that person never sees the day of life again. afghanis are good people, but the reality of freedom of press to me is like a joke. you cannot have freedom of press in afghanistan rid afghanistan is based on tripe. -- based on tribes. host: can you hang on the line while we get an answer and then come back to you? guest: i think what john is saying is really not the reality of afghanistan. i would put it this way. i don't know if he can get the kind of subscription we have in afghanistan. you can go to my facebook, twitter, and also to my blog and see what i am doing. how i as a reporter, in a normal citizen, a journalist, criticize the government, criticized karzai, criticized -- the way people are somehow creating the problems, it does not mean what they are pashtuns or -- anyone, criticizing just coming and killi
in a decade. >> oh. >> also ahead the pakistani girl shot in the head by the taliban vows not to stop campaigning for the rights of all girls to get an education. >> could you feed your belly on five bucks a day? that's the average budget for someone on snap which used to be food stamps. hundreds of people in montgomery county are taking the ch >>> so what's the weekly food budget for your family, 100 bucks, 200, even more? >> could you survive on a 1/4 of that? bruce leshan is live in rockville to show us how for a lot of people in the region there's no other choice. bruce? >> reporter: yeah, lesli, we are talking about snap, the federal program that used to be called food stamps, $4.28, that's the average daily benefit per person and 20 million children across the country depend on it even here in prosperous montgomery county one in three schoolchildren using snap. >> i'm ready to go. >> reporter: montgomery county councilwoman valerieer vin is lead -- valerie erwin is leading the snap challenge. hundreds of people are voluntarily trying to shop for food for five days on $5 a day.
the taliban have bombed more than 400 mostly girls schools and it's travesty. what's amazing if you go back, they've been written off the government records and not getting funding but some kids are still trying go to school in these villages and i think we owe to those brave children to help those kids finish school and don't worry about the, i.e.d counts but worry about those brave children still trying go to school. this is a school we opened up in 1998. 12 girls in the front row. i asked them to increase it by ten percent a year of the they don't know how to do they're math there. this is what happened one year later. now there's two rows of girls going to school here. this is on the far left in the back, silver beard is the first man to get an education in this school and his story is in the book. incredible story how he left the va ladies and gentlemen and his father booted him across the river and said don't come back until you get your education so he did this and he walked into this urban area and everybody was looking at him if you ask most men there in the back, what's the most p
to the region. >> the army in pakistan has held a massive funeral for the soldiers killed in a taliban attack on saturday. the taliban says that the attack was in response to a u.s. drone strike from last month. sectarian violence led to dismissal of the local government back in january. the central government has taken over, but she a muslims say that they are still being attacked -- shia muslims say they are still being attacked. >> for these men, there are no words. again the community mourns. this time it was for a police officer who shot for being a shia muslim. according to one estimate, over the last 10 years nearly 3000 [indiscernible] shia have been killed in violent acts. every month, the violence continues. january 10, two massive bomb blasts ripped through the streets, killing over 100 people. 86 people have been found and their bodies have been buried, but 17 are still missing and locals say that they will never find them, that their bodies will disburse far too wide in the aftermath of the attack. the rebuilding and damage is still clear from the grief felt by this community. >>
, for the first time since shot by the taliban for speaking out in favor of women's education we heard from the uncowed 15-year-old malala yousafzai. >> today, you can see i'm alive. i can see everyone. i can speak. and i'm getting better day by day. it's just because of the prayers of the people. because all the people, men and women, children, all of them have prayed for me. because of these prayers, because of these prayers, god -- god has given me this new life. this is a second life. this is a new life. and i want to serve. i want to serve the people. and i want every girl, every child to be educated. >> in cairo, wednesday, thousands of egyptian men and women took to the streets to protest rampant female harassers in the square. and it the result of rising assaults in tahir. in india, protests against sexual violence continues despite the government to enact new laws on rape and assault. on wednesday, an indian politician accused of raping a teenager in 1976, currently serving with the congress party. and it was documented in a disturbing report titled "breaking the silence". that cal
jazeera that the taliban has to change if it wants to be part of the country 's leadership. >> if the taliban want to play in the future of afghanistan, they're going to have to account for this constitution. they're going to have to account for the rights of women, and they're going to have up -- have to give up violence. and the connections they have had with all kind of. -- all tied up. -- al qaeda. we leave that process to president karzai and his government, where it should properly reside. >> the government has agreed to hold talks with rebel forces. earlier this month, the roots are in opposition volunteered to negotiate with the government. seven new ministers have been appointed. no explanation was given for the changes. government jets on the outskirts of the capital sent in troops to try to capture sections of the key damascus ring road after rebels made gains there. they were tending to stop opposition fighters from moving into the city center -- are trying to stop opposition fighters from moving into the city center. the government is not backing down. >> this
and the pakistani taliban. the largest extremist group in the country. the pakistani estimate that 40,000 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in the country in the past decade alone. pakistan is gearing up for the general elections scheduled to take place in may. there is strong opposition from the public who demand stronger measures against terrorism. nhk world, islamabad. >> we have another story from pakistan. >>> a deadly attack hit the city of peshawar in northwestern pakistan on monday. the target the office of the top political official for the khyber tribal area, a major sanctuary in the country for militants. two explosions of gunfire were heard where tribal officials and members of political parties were gathered for talks. at least five people killed and seven injured. pakistani officials suspect that the attackers were wearing police uniforms at the time. there was no immediate claim of responsibility following the incident. >>> the united states and six asian countries are participating in an annual joint defense exercise hosted by thailand. it is the largest such exercise
- month deadline for talks with the taliban in afghanistan. are they able to function in society? and two, what is the best strategy for the united states in afghanistan in the long term? but she has asked two really big questions. the first is to speak and to afghanistan with the taliban and whether they can be integrated into society. they do have constitutional obligations to uphold. , with the looking at united states, transitions in afghanistan as well. there's a time line of elections to be held in afghanistan, as you know. these are processes and political decisions that the afghans must make themselves. i say this, and i do want to point to the historic shift that pakistan is very consciously and proactively making. our government has been very clear, including all of our stakeholders including the military that pakistan will be making all effort to stabilize afghanistan and bring peace to the region, because it is in all of our vital interests. we cannot walk away from the region. we live right there. and a stable and prosperous and peaceful afghanistan is in the best interest of
and not pounding on the taliban hard -- hard enough. where i disagree with that is, the soviets killed 1.2 million of people out of 24 million people. how many people mathematically-- do we have to kill? when you go to work, there are other effects. you start destroying people's houses. if the taliban comes into our house and start shooting at us, we have the legal right to level the house. if you have to through -- to survive, do it. if you don't have to come back away. people said we were being solved. if i blow up that house, even if the taliban are in it, the people who own the house if they are lucky enough not to be in there and when we blow it up, they do not feel liberated after word. afghans use to tell me, there are three outcomes, either you win, the taliban winds, or we get stuck in this protracted war. they have been at war for 34 years now. they said, we would like you to win, but our second guest is that the taliban wins. but we cannot stand is that the war goes on forever. pretty interesting and rational behavior. impossible. i do not think it is ever impossible. but i think is ver
. >> megyn: thank you, sir. back in october of 2009 the taliban stormed a remote u.s. outpost in afghanistan, greatly outnumbering the 52 americans stationed there. staff sergeant clinton roamshea the man you see on screen right led the counterattack in the face of insurmountable odds and managing all of the, but eight men. and his amazing story as he receives the medal of honor. all right that's a fifth-floor problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no! not today! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! jimmy how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? happier than dikembe mutumbo blocking a shot. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. try align. it's the number one ge recommended probiotic c" that helps maintain digestive balance. ♪ stay in the groove with align. ♪ need help keeping yo digestive balance in sync? try align. it's a probiotic that fortifies your digestive system with healthy bacteria 24/7. because your insides set the tone. stay in the groove with align. >> fox news alert live to the white house where we're
a symbol of freedom and taliban oppression. the amazing story of this pakistani girl who was shot in the head on her way to school by the taliban. she is doing much better and she has a lot to say. her message is a coming up. gregg: she's accused of murdering her boyfriend. now she has taken the witness stand and told the jury, yes, i did it. >> at the time i had plans to commit suicide. soy was extremely confident no jury would convict me because i didn't expect any of you to be here. i didn't expect to be here. ssor. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us flight to our favorite climbing spot even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou points to travel whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. martha: fox news alert. an immigration hearing is getting underway any moment now in the house stkwrao judiciary. president obama is pushing for immigration reform as you well know. my two gues
't out in the service but what suicide bombers and the taliban are doing with the extreme understanding of the suny they also target the shia. that is appalling and a complete breakdown no government can allow that but it happens. iran has a strong shi'ah power with interests in the region. that balance has to be careful if you have an understanding it can ease the tension. >> host: molly is emerging as a battleground. >> guest: read the book it has the same paradigm just like these tribesmen, they have been marginalized resources stolen, retreated as other great citizens on their own traditional way and. there comes a point* they say even if it is enough to be killed and raped and tortured. they react it is not very civilized or educated part of the world. the only act is the primary goal to kill people with their response and then the cycle begins again. so if you can help resolve that the philippines have taken an initiative to reach out to the tribal groups they simply negotiated autonomy, preserve culture? find. we have no objection but that simple initiative, then human act and th
girl who survived being shot in the head by the taliban is speaking clearly and has now released her own video statement. the brave teenager's message to the world, a show of resilience for you this monday next. >>> also last night's battle between the ravens and 49ers set a new record for the longest super bowl ever, thanks in part to this, the blackout during the third quarter. we're going to take a look what may have caused the outage. is it beyonce's fault, jon? that is the big question. the halftime show, did it do it? jon: you know, at least people drank a lot of beer during that 34 minutes. jenna: it apparently helped the television ratings as welcoming across from the "new york times." very interesting. big story for us. we'll get to the bottom of this mystery, hopefully next. jon: new developments in the remarkable recovery of that pakistani teenager who defied the taliban. 15-year-old malala yousufzai was shot in the head last year after she spoke out for the rights of girls to get an education. now she is releasing a video statement speaking clearly about her recovery. jam
sense of passion and a sense of purpose. >> that's right, targeted by the taliban for wanting to go to school. abc's bob woodruff has the story. >> reporter: malala yousufzai's journey from this to this is nothing short of a miracle. and for the first time, you heard her voice. >> today you can see that i am alive. i can speak. i can see you. i can see everyone. and i am getting better day by day. it is just because of the prayers of people. >> reporter: prayers and letters sent to this young girl who became a symbol of hope. she was just 12 when the taliban shut down her school and the public crusade. >> i have the right to play, talk, speak. >> reporter: her actions made her a target. last october on the way home from school she was brutally attacked. gunmen entered her van and shot her at point-blank range in the head. she was medivacted to england in critical condition. she refused to die. the bullet glanced her skull, traveled down her cheek and into her shoulder. incredibly didn't enter her brain. as her story spread so did her following. i spoke with her father, a schoolteach
. after 911 the taliban had a high desertion rate and they were trying to get recruit groups to fight against intervention and coalition and they went in
, and the taliban has claimed responsibility, saying it was in retaliation for a recent drone strike. reports in pakistan say more than 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism since the september 11 attacks on the united states. in libya -- in india, five men have been indicted in that gang rape case that led to the death of a 23-year-old student. the men he not guilty to 13 charges of murder if convicted, they could face life sentences. the attack happened in december and sparked national outrage. russia is celebrating the anniversary of the battle of stalingrad, when the red army defeated nazi forces, claiming the lives of 2 million people, and changing the course of world war ii. president putin is due to attend a fireworks this play and concert and will host a reception for veterans in the capital. since beginning his third term in the kremlin, putin has been spreading a patriotic message. >> 70 years and the red army veteran was a invited guest. he said it is right that volgograd will be called stalingrad again each day for -- each year for a few days to commemorate the v
, the pakistani taliban. it is a tough job. checkpoints have been targeted. bomb blasts are common. understanding the threat is crucial if pakistan is to secure the province. >> it is simple if it has been -- it would be simple if it would be tackled properly. unfortunately, we have seen in recent years, in the past decade -- we have not seen much instance of involvement of federal government to reveal -- to resolve these issues. >> in january, the government -- government-reuule was announced. they are hoping to better control security. for the market traders, it has made a difference. >> i warned them -- i want them to stay. we need to security that only the army and central government can provide. >> that continued government rule is unlikely. it is simply too political. the government is only mandated to rule for another two months. by then, there will be a election -- they will be in election mode. security will be one of the big voting issues. but security will not be the only issue. the province is a mix of tribal, ethnic, and sectarian authorities -- loyalties. imran khan, al jazeera. >>
and supporter of the taliban, they want them to either join them in islam or leave. province ingest pakistan, rich natural resources, yet there remain poor. there have been many such romans over the last 60 years. the most recent started in 2006 after an influential leader was killed by the army. hundreds of activists have gone missing since then. some believe the security forces want to disappear, something the government denies. after last month's bombing, they've demanded more security and refused to bury them in protest. there responded by firing the regional government promising that a clearly has not happened. they said the government is unable or unwilling to stop the violence. al-jazeera. minister of the interior told al-jazeera they will do their duty to protect the community. >> we will find them, whoever they are. according to our intelligence, what ever is coming in is coming from southern punjab and iran. we have started exercising control. all possible measures will be taken. some kind of a group from abroad is sponsoring them. we do not have that capability and someone is aidi
was being held. it is thought the attacks could be in retaliation for anti- taliban talks being held inside the compound at the time. in bangladesh, a protester has been shot dead during demonstrations against government files of opposition party leaders. a general strike is also being held today following a decision to change a controversial war crimes law. under the new legislation, a prominent opposition leader convicted of war crimes and sentenced to life in prison could be executed. now more. strike.have heeded the but this is a country divided. others are out defying the strike in support of harsher sentences for those they see as war criminals. >> the last two weeks they are struggling day and night. taking a stance against war criminals. >> parliament has amended a lawsuit the state cannot appeal any war crimes verdict it feels is inadequate and out of touch with public opinion. that opinion is largely in favor of executing the top official. he's been committed the murder, rape, and tortured during the 1971 war of independence. the court handed him a life sentence, but many feel he
under attack and the taliban claiming responsibility. around the world in 80 seconds >> pakistan, just dawn in the northwestern part of the country, militants raiding the camp with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled gren aped and suicide vests and soldiers and civilians murdered . 12 attackers killed and the pakistan taliban said they out the attack. china, a massive dike breach and water gurk out of the reservoir and flowing in a village and flooding home and businesses and factories. one person kill 19 other injured and several roads are closed to traffic. >> west bank. israeli troops firing tear gas at palestinian protestors who hurled rocks as they chanted. the israelis trying to dismantled a series was tents pitched by the activist. they are angry . no injuries are reported. russia, marking 70 years since the end of the battle of stalingrade. soldiers marched solemnly and a vintage tank rolled in the city once known as stalingrad. that was one . bloodiest cities and turning point in the world war. >> well, you might know they're going to play a game tomorrow in new orleans. ha
-ma e-mail@foxnews.com. it is the first time that she is spoken since the taliban tried to murder her by shooting her in the head. >> i am happy the operation is a success. >> more on the amazing recovery of the young pakistani activist. >> a police chase comes to a sudden stop thanks to help from mother nature. we will show you what happened and where this was when we come back. all right that's a fifth-floor problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no! not today! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! jimmy how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? happier than dikembe mutumbo blocking a shot. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. i have to know the weather patterns. i upgraded to the new sprint direct connect. so i can get three times the coverage. [ manager 2 ] it's like working in a giant sandbox. with all these huge toys. and with the fastest push-to-talk... i can keep track of them all. [ male announcer ] upgrade to the new "done" with access to the fastest push-to-talk and three times the coverage. now when you b
and the taliban. what on earth are we doing over there? why do we care about the hearts or minds or building the schools? i mean, outside of osama bin laden going to afghanistan and tricking the taliban into this spectacular attack on america, in general the muslims in afghanistan like the ones in indonesiaia have not exported terrorism. that's been the specialty of other countries. they really just want to be left alone so why don't we just leave them alone, as long as they're not plotting an attack on us, what is the point? >> michelle flournoy just laid out calmly four or five great ways to reduce the pentagon budget, including getting out of afghanistan, taking the civilian population in the d.o.d. down because we're leaving afghanistan. i thought it was pretty good, ann. somebody ought to listen to her. >> yes, i agree. i'm glad you brought up with her the base closings. this is why you seed something like a closure. the american people are of two find minds. they think government should be smaller, thinks government wants too. but the second you name a specific program that's going to
is aced on numbers. do you have a correct report? is this leading to a reductiothg in handling the taliban. [no audio >> this was a regrettable error. we are making adjustments. in spite of the adjustments, our assessment of the progress and is continuing.anistan we have pushed the taliban out of the population centers and they have failed to retake the areas they lost. this is true. our and the lead and have provided security for 87% of the country's population. there is a tendency to fixate on one metrics. the complete picture of progress in afghanistan is more nuanced. i would encourage you to look at the overall picture. we are looking to fix this error. we will report further information as we have it from kabul. >> does the report need to be fixed? >> we will take a look at adjustments that need to be made. >> does it call into question the statistics? forces are in the lead increasingly. they are entering the numbers. many people have acknowledged the problem. do you have to do it closer review of the statistics that have been cited repeatedly? >> i do not know that we have to under
with their six-month deadline on top of the taliban. you ever envision where the taliban as a political party functioning the society. and do you think that the likelihood of the strategy is the best on long-term? >> she's has to live the questions. the first is to speak in terms of where they see the taliban output level and where they see the taliban integrated the mainstream in their society. they do have constitutional obligations to uphold and we are also looking not the united states in afghanistan as well. there is a timeline right now of an election to be held in afghanistan i see now. the desire processes and political decisions to make themselves. and when i say this, i do want to point that historic shift of pakistan is consciously and proactively making. our government has been very clear, including all are stakeholders that pakistan is going to strenuously support all efforts at stabilizing afghanistan and bringing peace to the region because that is banal our vital interests. as i said to me cannot walk away from the region. is faithful and peaceful afghanistan is in the first i
are more and more effective in powering afghan communities to defend against taliban intimidation and violence. plans are being developed to increase the authorized size of the alp program from 30,000 to 45,000. the next centcom cmander will also play an important role in shaping our enduring partnership with afghanistan after 2014. the partnership that i fully support. ike m. concerned however by the plants to reduce the afghan national security forces by a third starting in 2015. 352,000 to 230,000 by 2017. i believe that any future reductions in the size of the afghan forces should be based on security conditions in afghanistan at that time and this afghan security forces make and providing for their country security, we should reassure them that we will continue to support these efforts by deciding that as we withdraw our forces that the won't get drawdo and afghan forces. progress in afghanistan remains fragile and significant challenges to afghanistan's long-term stability remain. among the greatest threat to its stability are the safe havens for afghan insurgents across the
by the taliban has had major surgery and in the u.k. she was airlifted to britain in october after being targeted for promoting growth and education. doctors worked on reconstructing her skull and restoring hearing. they say she is making good progress. successful projects raise awareness and millions of dollars. it does not necessarily help the cause. >> inside a small london shop, something rather peculiar is going on. and walnuts are meeting their doom and one by one. this is a hard edge of their battle against prostate cancer in the u.k. chris adams has the disease and is the trustee for the charity. >> there has been a significant increase in the awareness of prostate cancer. we have not cracked a walnut and yet, but we are working on it. >> smashing nuts may seem like an odd way to fight the disease, but so is growing a mustache or getting a 69-year-old grammy on board or dressing up in costumes to run yourself to exhaustion. these are always charities have chosen to get themselves notice. it is very business minded, and is working. >> they try to build an identity. they are trying to engag
karzai and david cameron had a meeting to spend a six-month deadline on tax of the taliban. two ambition i pakistan was a political party functioning in society? and two, to think the footprint strategy is fun for the united states in afghanistan long-term? >> the first one is to speak to in terms of where they see the taliban up but i love all an integrated in the mainstream of society. they do have constitutional obligations they seem to uphold that we are also looking with the united states transitions and if ken estanislao. there is a timeline as well in an election to be held in afghanistan. so these are processes and political decisions they must make themselves. and when i say this, i do want to point to the historic ship that pakistan is proactively making. our government has been clear, including all of our stakeholders, which includes the military that pakistan is going to strenuously support all efforts of stabilizing afghanistan and bringing peace to the region because that is the know our vital interests. we live right they are and it's stable and peaceful afghanistan is in
. killing thousands of al qaeda and taliban, but more than 300 civilians, as well. a world away, in remote villages, you can hear them. like a distance, muted chain saw. a dull, but deadly roar. villagers describing it this way -- "the drones are all over my brain. i can't sleep. when they're hovering over us, we're all scared." a reality we seldom see, says stanley mcchrystal, the retired general who once ran the military's drone strike program. >> if the threshold gets too low and we are too casual about it, then we will forget how much scar tissue we build up in those countries. >> reporter: general mcchrystal believes that americans should have the opportunity to know more about these secret drone wars, to weigh those benefits and risks. that rare opportunity will occur tomorrow, when john brennan speaks. diane? >> it is going to be a very combustive day. thank you, martha raddatz. >>> and also today, a more trusted part of american life has succumbed to modern times. the postal service announced today that saturday delivery of letters will soon end in august. only packages will come t
in powering afghan communities to defend against taliban intimidation and violence. plans are being developed to increase the authorized size of the alp program from 30,000 to 45,000. the next centcom commander will also play an important role in shaping our enduring partnership with afghanistan after 2014. the partnership that i fully support. ike m. concerned however by the plants to reduce the afghan national security forces by a third starting in 2015. 352,000 to 230,000 by 2017. i believe that any future reductions in the size of the afghan forces should be based on security conditions in afghanistan at that time and this afghan security forces make and providing for their country security, we should reassure them that we will continue to support these efforts by deciding that as we withdraw our forces that there won't get drawdown and afghan forces. progress in afghanistan remains fragile and significant challenges to afghanistan's long-term stability remain. among the greatest threat to its stability are the safe havens for afghan insurgents across the pakistan border. the government o
afghan force would help to hedge against any future taliban mischief. you can reasonably expect that an enemy that has been that determined, that agile, will very soon try to test the afghan security forces. that size of a force provides additional capability to allow the political process is too mature a bit. because of that, it seems a larger force would be a benefit. >> thank you. just one question for you, general rodriguez. this has to do with an extremist force that is desirable and other contingency-response forces that would be useful to put the africomm commander in a position to respond to benghazi. if you have not been asked that question, can you tell us whether you would look for ways to find the greater capability to provide contingency response forces beyond what they currently are and were in the case of the benghazi matter? >> yes, sir, i would. i will report back to the committee on that. they have made significant improvements and we have to continue to do that. >> thank you both. we look forward to your confirmation. i want to thank the senator for taking ove
and the taliban are doing, because of their very extreme understanding of sunni islam, they're also targeting the shia. for example in pakistan, where i was commissioner, they killed 100 shia. that's appalling. a complete breakdown of law and order. no government can allow that and yet it happens. iran is a very strong, aggressive, shia power and it has interests in the region. so, again, it's on great game. balance has to be kept. so if you have an understanding in terms of the region, i think it can share. >> host: the country al -- of mali is entering. >> guest: you have being hearing about the tribes. they have been marginalized their lands robbed, million raleigh sources storm, really treated as third rate citizens on their own land by their central government. so their there comes a point when they say, enough is enough, we're going to react, and they react. unfortunately this is not a very civilized or very educated part of the world. these are tribesmen. most of them are illiterate. they only act according to their open tribal codes and the primary code is the law of revenge so they g
for years and years now a senior member of pakistan's taliban has been captured. afghan forces arrested mohammed in the eastern mountains of afghanistan near the pakistan border. he was forced out of hiding by u.s. air strikes. muhammad fled to afghanistan. >>> marine general john allen says he is retiring to help his wife deal with health issues. he was the commander of the coalition nominate to do lead the forces in europe. it was put on hold as e-mails between allen and florida socialite from investigated. allen was cleared of any wrong doing. president obama says john allen is one of the finest military leaders a true patriot and a man i have come to respect greatly. >> incredible video showing the terrifying moments the russian meteorite hit the school gym full of children. the tear fied students sent running for their lives and glass is flying. it is believed dwoins were smashed out after a sonic boom. luckily everyone in the building was okay. more than 1500 people were injured through out the city when this happened. >> time is running out for lawmakers to reach a deal to avoid
. and that check is there. if congress does not want to wage war against the taliban, against whomever, they can cut off funding. >> thank you. >> i am a student at rutgers university. john mentioned the large majority of americans support giving the president the authority to kill american citizens without charges or trial or to process. my question is, if you were identified as a threat by some nameless official in the administration, where you want to process? >> the issue is not -- [applause] john: i don't think there would name him. they might name me. >> the issue is whether we are in a war situation, whether we are operating under the war powers of the constitution or whether we are in a law enforcement situation. the to have radically different approaches. we killed tens of thousands of american citizens, maybe hundreds of thousands with no due process in the civil war, and it was the right thing to do. [applause] john: on that note we're out of time. >> you want to discredit a movement, defend the confederacy. go ahead. john: ambassador bolton. no more time
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